And so starts the 2nd half of the YOP year! Some YOPpers have their YOP year running from January – December, but I follow the traditional July – June and that works well for me.
The week between Christmas and New Year is always an odd one, so much Christmas TV to watch before the holiday is over! So much time spent with food or cutlery in my hands instead of fibres, yarns or tools!
Obviously with it being at the beginning of 2022 I start to also think about what I want to achieve in the calendar year as well. I have some non-crafting habits I would like to form, as well as trying to weave and spin a little each day. This should help me achieve the remaining items on my YOP list and eventually help me start planning for the next one!
As detailed in the ‘Yarn Usage’ section of my 2021 Summary post, I still need to work on using more and acquiring less yarn. I already caught myself looking at some cones of a different weight of cotton that the inkle band pattern book uses, but I managed to resist buying any. I feel I deserve a Gold Medal 🥇for my powers of resistance. 🤣🤣🤣 I will use the thicknesses that I have until my weaving yarn stash is significantly reduced. I do not need more fibre! None! Do you hear me Liz?! None! 🤣
Our kitchen should start being ripped out mid-January which means I really need to get dyeing the remaining fibres in my stash. I don’t want to be dyeing anything in our new kitchen. Our old microwave can be used in the garage perhaps in future, but it would be easier to get most dyed now.
Making stock for the shop and some handbags are my current focus. The lampshade sales are highest with the summer tourists, but I sell fairies, baubles and tomte throughout the year. I will get going on my handbag this week though.
Fibre prep is really an outside job, so this will likely be Spring before I concentrate my efforts here.
I am slowing down on my knitting!!! I am not in a rush to finish my current jumper and my next jumper will be a cotton one to wear in summer. I will finish my husband’s socks and do a pair in my handspun yarn for myself, but shouldn’t need to add anything new to my current YOP list. I have more than enough accessories. Knitting will be for evenings and weekends only.
I was knitting my husband’s socks two-at-a-time on a long needle but I find doing the gusset decreases easier to do on my Addi sockwonder needle and I’m just working on the gusset of the first sock.
Painting & Drawing
These are a low priority at the moment, so late Spring/early summer is probably when I will start to get these out.
If I am ever going to achieve my goal, of sewing myself a garment, I really do need more practice on my sewing machine, so definitely want to achieve the smaller sewing projects outstanding on my list.
Working to finalise the John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre that has been on my list for a few YOP years now! Also do a couple of 25g breed spins each month and when my monthly target is achieved reward myself with spinning baby camel and silk fibre (my favourite fibre to spin).
I will be spinning a little each day, I started spinning some Wensleydale longwool yesterday.
Also, in 2022 I will be trying to do some weaving each day (starting week 2), whether that be on my Inklette loom, Rigid Heddle or Dorset Button making. I have signed up to the 2nd Diamond Stripe weave along, which should motivate me to finally get the full sized versions of the towels woven. This starts mid-January.
On New Year’s Eve I finished my 2nd inkle band, so have edited my 2021 summary post to include that project and yarn usage.
My 2nd wood turning lesson has been booked by my husband and is in February.
Having written the above I realise I am just re-affirming the items that are left on my current YOP list, but that is good! It means my original list is still what I am interested in achieving and focusing my efforts on.
Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2022 is a good one for all.
This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 11th year, but this is my 4th year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry. Year 11 list.